The Trempealeau County Recovery Court received a $58,303 grant from the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance to enhance treatment for opiates and mental health.
The money will be used to expand drug treatment options and better options for offenders suffering from mental illness, according to District Attorney Taavi McMahon.
“The rise of opiate use demands that we make aggressive action to stop continued addiction,” McMahon said. “The co-occurring mental health problems need to be addressed as well.”
The Recovery Court plans to research the best practices used throughout the United States and use them in Trempealeau County.
Since the Trempealeau County Recovery Court began in January 2006, 30 people have successfully completed the program with only a 3% re-offense rate.
“We appreciate the support and commitment to alternatives for offenders the State of Wisconsin Attorney General has provided,” said Trempealeau County Judge John Damon. “This grant money is a real help for our Recovery Court.”